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Can prescription drugs lead to criminal charges? 

On Behalf of | Feb 18, 2022 | Drug charges

At some point in time, everybody falls ill. With certain illnesses, it may not be possible for the body’s immune system to fight them without medical treatment. Prescription drugs play a key part in helping people to recover, but they can also be potentially dangerous and unlawful. 

As with many substances, prescription drugs can be highly addictive if used over an extended period. This is why they should never fall into the wrong hands and the law in Georgia tries to prevent this from happening. So, when can prescription drugs be associated with criminality? 

Unlawful possession

As with many other drugs, merely being in possession of prescribed medicines can amount to a criminal offense. Common examples include when a friend or family member has asked you to hold onto something for a while until they can come and collect them. 

Perhaps you are feeling under the weather, and don’t really feel up to attend the doctor’s office? You remember that someone close to you has leftover medicine and asks if you can take the rest. Can you be charged for this? The answer is yes. Prescriptions are designated specifically to the recipient, nobody else should be taking them.  

Other unlawful instances

Prescriptions should not be tampered with or altered in any way. If a person attempts to adjust the type of drug prescribed by a doctor, or the amount to be given, this could amount to forgery. Additionally, prescription drugs should not be sold out with regulations. These medicines are often opioids, which means the potential penalties for selling them could be quite severe. 

Having all of the facts about prescription medicines in Georgia could help to protect you. If you do find yourself facing criminal charges, it is important to explore your legal options as soon as possible.